Yesterday morning, Colorado State Trooper Eugene Hofacker stopped to help a motorist on Interstate 70 -- the sort of thing he probably did on a daily basis as part of his job. But this apparent act of kindness went south quickly. The motorist, identified as Thomas Ornelas, shot Hofacker, who's curre ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared a completely hysterical Inside Edition report about smoke shacks at Colorado ski resorts -- a longtime phenomenon that our William Breathes has been writing about in depth for years. Turns out, though, that one of the main settings for the Inside Edition piece -- Leo's Smoke Sh ... More >>
Last week's storms brought the deepest 24- and 48-hour snowfall totals since the 2000-2001 season, prompting Vail Resorts' marketing team to dub it the "storm of the century." We can't argue with that, especially since the snow's been falling pretty much ever since, punctuated with bluebird days per ... More >>
Along with Colorado's new marijuana laws legalizing limited amounts of herb for adults 21 and up came liberalization in the conversation around the state. People aren't afraid to talk about marijuana in public anymore, largely because it's not illegal to do so. In fact, it's not uncommon now to hear ... More >>
Headed for the hills to make the most of the four day weekend? Yeah, us too. Beaver Creek, Steamboat, and Crested Butte all opened for the season today; Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Telluride open tomorrow, and Purgatory and Howelsen Hill open this weekend. Read on for some tips on where to point y ... More >>
When you've dropped two or five or ten million on that second or third home in one of the more desirable Colorado mountain resorts, there are a few items that you take for granted will not be next door. Walmarts, trailer parks and rendering plants are probably high on the list. But so are roller coa ... More >>
Never mind those epic closing-day celebrations last weekend at Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Powderhorn: All four resorts have announced they'll be spinning the chairlifts again this weekend and reopening Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, to make the most of massive dumps of late ... More >>
Vail Resorts and Burton Snowboards yesterday confirmed rumors -- first reported earlier this month by the Breckenridge-based Angry Snowboarder blog -- that the Burton US Open is moving to Vail after thirty years in Vermont -- 27 of them at Stratton Mountain. The 31st annual Burton US Open will be he ... More >>
The work week was cut in half by the holiday, which somehow made it feel longer. Fortunately, there will be plenty of fun to chew on over the coming weekend.
Closing day at Vail is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, and Vail Resorts will barely let the door hit this sad snow season on the ass before looking forward to next winter: The very next day, the company will begin construction on a new gondola from Vail Village to Mid-Vail, a pillar of the resort's ... More >>
MT, not CO.While Colorado skiers keep watching the skies and the weather reports, hoping to see some of the white stuff, other states aren't sitting idly by on their snowboards. Montana's Big Sky, for example is trying to rustle Colorado skiers...by honoring the Epic Pass issued by Vail Resor ... More >>
Close to 300 new restaurants opened in the metro area last year -- and with that much action, perhaps it's not surprising that two of them are named Cebiche, and two of them are named Chinook. But the local dining scene also lost a surprising number of mainstays: the 29-year-old Pearl Street Grill, ... More >>
It's no secret that Colorado ski areas have been embracing social media: Vail Resorts' EpicMix Photo app is the gold standard, and even the tiniest ski areas in the state now have very active Facebook and Twitter feeds. Every "impression" counts, especially when you have skiers and snowboarders shar ... More >>
Big pics below.Did you spend your whole weekend cleaning the house? Silly you! Plenty of other Denverites were enjoying the sort of stuff captured by Westword reporters and photogs on our slideshow page and Backbeat Online, Cafe Society and Show and Tell blogs. Check out highlights below pert ... More >>
Jack Affleck/Vail ResortsEverything's Hunky-Dory for opening day at VailOpening day! Vail opens today with a 52-inch base, thirteen inches of new snow in the last week, an opening day terrain park on Born Free, and access to the mountain from both Vail Village and Lionshead. Still need a seas ... More >>
Keystone and Copper Mountain open today, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Wolf Creek. And make sure you smile for the cameras at Keystone, where its parent company, Vail Resorts, debuts the new EpicMix Photo social media app: A small army of professional photographers on the mountain will be ... More >>
Yesterday marked the official ownership transition at Grand Mesa's Powderhorn Resort: Andy Daly and brothers Ken and Tom Gart bought the ski area at auction on August 4 for just $577,500, plus an additional 700-acre development tract below the resort for $825,000, spending a total of $1.4 mil ... More >>
If you nerded out on the EpicMix app while skiing or snowboarding at the Vail Resorts last season and love to boast on Facebook about just how sick your "sick days" are by posting photos and status updates from the mountain, then EpicMix 2.0 is just for you, adding EpicMix Photo and new socia ... More >>
Photo courtesy Vail ResortsShaun White picked up his Epic Pass yesterday after signing on to make Northstar-at-Tahoe his home resort and agreeing to represent all six of the Vail Resorts properties (including Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge here in Colorado) in what Vail Resorts CEO Rob ... More >>
Attention, ski and snowboard bums: Vail Resorts has a job just for you. This winter you could be riding out the recession at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe as part of the Sprint Snow Squad blogger team. For your trouble -- a trifle, really -- you'l ... More >>
Still can't believe ski season ended yesterday at Vail and Breckenridge, the last of the Vail resorts still standing, even though it's still snowing up in them thar hills? As we reflect on the epic season now mostly behind us, the hardcore among us can visit EpicMix.com to to relive all our g ... More >>
Thank you, Easter bunny! Copper Mountain's Spring Sunsation festival and 2010/2011 ski season winds up this weekend with a world record attempt on Saturday at 10 a.m. "Time to break out those swimsuits and sunglasses, because we're going to be trying to break the world record for most people ... More >>
$199 for a 2011/2012 season pass? Believe it.Many Colorado ski areas announced pre-season discounts on 2011/2012 season passes this week. Yes, we know there are still three or four good weeks of Spring skiing and shredding ahead of us, and that Arapahoe Basin will be keeping the dream alive u ... More >>
The official ride of breast cancer awareness.Goofy-looking Texans on spring break at Colorado ski resorts will have a tough time standing out next week. While a jeans and cowboy hat getup will draw some finger-pointing, it's got nothing on a band of pink cape-wearing, fake boob-carrying phila ... More >>
While seeking some epic pow-pow at Breckenridge recently (read: practicing my "pizza and French fries" on the cruisin' slopes), I noticed a new phenomenon: ski dudes and dudettes whipping out their smart phones to compare stats on Vail Resorts' new EpicMix social-media app, which tracks guest ... More >>
Lori Midson Jorge de la Torre Johnson & Wales University www.jwu.edu This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Jorge de la Torre, dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales University. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. "I'm a little worried about this in ... More >>
Photo courtesy Vail ResortsYour chariot awaits: Chair #5 opens todayThe new High Noon Express Lift (Chair 5) at Vail opens a week from today, right after next week's Snow Daze events. The high-speed quad chair replaces the old fixed-grip triple, cutting the ride from twelve minutes down to ju ... More >>
Photo courtesy Vail ResortsAfter getting dumped on all week (nearly three feet, as of this writing) Vail is opening today with 1,150 acres and nine lifts. Eldora opens today, too. Winter Park opened on Wednesday and will open Mary Jane tomorrow. And Keystone, which opened on November 5, is op ... More >>
Where to get some action this weekend? Where to begin? For starters, you'll want to call in sick this morning and make it a three-day weekend: Copper Mountain opens today with its annual Lift Off party running through the weekend. Hit the slopes all day then stop by Jack's at the base for the ... More >>
â€‹Unless you want your boss to know exactly how sick your "sick" days are, you might want to be careful about who's in your social network when you're at Vail Resorts this season.
A Flickr photoRobert Redford, who's probably had some work done.Today and tomorrow, political heavy hitters of the progressive persuasion throughout the region are meeting at the Colorado History Museum as part of the 2009 Western Summit, sponsored by Project New West, an organization that de ... More >>
William and Stephanie Wahl left their restaurant, Indulge, to cook at the Escoffier dinner. For those who don't know Escoffier from etouffe, last night's Auguste in November event offered a delicious course -- eight courses, actually -- on the essentials of French cooking. The duck fois gras, ... More >>
When I wrote about I-70 a year ago, the story started in 1988, when the state first began planning how it was going to tackle congestion in the mountain corridor. Twenty years and at least $30 million in studies later, a decision on a solution that everybody can live with may finally be at hand.
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